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    Etna Basalt Quarry Visit

    December 4th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, Quarry Visit

    This months we visited our suppliers quarry and factory near Catania in Sicily. We have an order for 200sqm 600x600x10mm honed tiles and thought it a good time to pop over to see the production.

    I always worry a bit when we are ordering large format (ish) tiles in 10mm in a product that may not normally be associated with that particular thickness/format. In this instance the tiles were prepared by firstly trimming the block to a handleable shape and size using a wire saw. Then a large disk was used to cut the strips (not much wider than the 600mm width we needed) that were subsequently honed on a polishing line and finally cut to size on a bridge saw.

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    Trump Tower Baku - Petra Alba Quarry Visit

    December 1st, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, New Stone, Quarry Visit, Uncategorized

    Last week we visited the Petra Alba quarry in Rapolano, Tuscany to inspect blocks and sawn slabs for our Baku project prior to being shipped to Verona to be finished.

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    Walmar House - Colombino Sandstone

    October 28th, 2013 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, Quarry Visit, Uncategorized

    A stone becoming popular recently is Colombino Sandstone. We have a project supplying Walmar House for Great Portland Estates and recently inspected a small mock up of the honed 1200x600x20mm panels specified in the factory near Firenzola, Italy.

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    Ebury Square - Botticino Classico

    August 5th, 2013 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    The Ebury Street project required some serious investigation work on the Botticino quarries. We were looking for a single bench of Classico that could supply material that was consistent and of high quality throughout the project. Most importantly, all in line with the Botticino already supplied and displayed in the marketing suite. Around 3500sqm was required in total.

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    Ebury Square - Fior Di Bosco

    August 3rd, 2013 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    I recently traveled with a friend working for a reputable stone company in London to Suvereto, Livorno in Italy. We were on the hunt for some very good Fior Di Bosco for a large residential project in London. We needed around 1000sqm of slabs for various aspects of a new development.

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    New Silver Travertine Quarry

    February 24th, 2013 in New Stone, Quarry Visit

    This is a very large piece of stone, a 3000 ton slice of Silver Travertine cut and falling from the quarry face. Here is a new offering, a new Silver from a supplier in Tuscany. The images show the incredible images of the quarry where a huge 3000 ton slice is cut and tipped over using air bags that are wedged behind the stone and inflated.

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    Mathematical Institute Oxford - Spanish Grey

    February 23rd, 2013 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    This week I travelled to Valencia to with Laing O Rourke and Rafael Vinoly Architects to inspect a Spanish Grey mock up for the new Oxford Science Building.

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    Pietra Serena Quarry Visit

    December 8th, 2011 in Quarry Visit

    This week we visited the Pietra Serena Quarry near Firenzuola, Italy. We luckily witnessed a block being blasted to move it away from quarry face, see video below. Also video of us entering the quarry to set the scene. Great quarry with very definitive strata and bedding plains.

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    Bank of China - San Remo Limestone Inspection

    November 14th, 2011 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    On second week of November I visited Italy to inspect a small mock up and the blocks reserved for our order destined for the Bank of China specified by TP Bennett. During our trip we also managed to visit the quarry where this particular limestone is actually mined. The quarry has been in operation for 30 years, just 10 years ago they decided to go underground to avoid a difficult layer of two of fractured and poor quality blocks. The project we has been working on has been running for some time and the material had changed slightly from when the San Remo had been first sampled (Please note though this is a feature now of the material so should be considered for future projects!).

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    Flint Quarry Visit

    July 6th, 2011 in Quarry Visit

    Here are a few images taken in the Flint linestone quarry whilst inspecting an order for a client. The blocks are extracted by first drilling, then a low impact black powder is detonated to move the block away from the quarry face. Once free it is pushed and pulled a bit by an excavator and arranged in a nice pile. I did not realise the potential loudness of the large bang when the explosive goes off and admittedly it did catch me by surprise. The blocks have patches of beige in them however unlike some other blue limestones (see Ancaster Blue – MAN Group blog) the beige is very regimented and stays strictly along one edge

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